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What is the difference between mosses and ferns?

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M. Krasinski

M. Krasinski

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M. Krasinski, Content Writer, Columbus

Answered Feb 11, 2019

Moss is found close to the ground and it may appear as a fuzzy green blanket covering the ground. Moss does not produce flowers and is considered to be a plant. They are not vascular. Moss frequently will take in water and it does this a lot faster than other plants.

It takes in carbon dioxide and needs sunlight even though it may be located under trees. Ferns are plants that are vascular unlike the mosses. They have spores, but they do not have flowers either.

They are a typical plant that has leaves and appears to be a very small palm tree. The main difference between the ferns and mosses is that the ferns possess roots and leaves and mosses do not.

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Mike John

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Mike John, Content Explorer, MCA, Los Angeles, California, USA

Answered Oct 15, 2018

Answer (B) describes the best difference between mosses and ferns. Both of these primitive-type plants are non-flowering, seedless plants but ferns are more developed than mosses. Ferns have true leaves, stems, and roots whereas mosses have leaflets that are hard to distinguish as leaves.

Another important difference is that mosses typically only grow less than an inch high while ferns can grow several feet. Answer (A) is incorrect because ferns possess vascular tissue and mosses do not. Answer (C) is incorrect because both plants possess chlorophyll. Answer (D) is true but it is not the best description of the difference between the two plants.

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John Smith

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Answered May 16, 2017

Ferns possess roots and leaves that mosses do not
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